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Challenge: Edgar Allan Poe (Expert Editing)
Collection: 2012
Camera: Nikon D700
Lens: Nikon AF-S Nikkor 17-35mm f/2.8D IF-ED
Location: Los Angeles, and Sherman Oaks, CA
Date: Nov 2, 2011
Galleries: Studio
Date Uploaded: Nov 3, 2011

Models: Paula Ficara, Patrick Minassian

Had a blast creating the ghost. God bless liquify!!!! Basically, this is just two images, one taken of Paula one day, and the other with Patrick on another, who stopped by for 15 minutes between appointments just to help me with this shot. He was also my Symmetry model. For Patrick's portion, I created the "set" in front of my fireplace, and used only a two light setup - one for the box on the mantle, the other for the rest of set. Then edited with a variety of filters including CEP (tonal contrast and glamor glow), and Topaz. A bunch of d&b, painting, cropping, cut and pasted the candles from one side to the other. I wanted to create a lush, melodramatic image that matched the way Poe writes. We shall see if I succeeded. I really struggled with the composition on this image, and am not totally happy with it still. The balance is wrong to my eye and cannot be fixed with the images I shot :-(

Poe-ish? Who knows. Of all the stories, this one seemed to evoke the only idea. Turns out there will be at least one other Ligea in this challenge - from my very own teammate 21.gif LevT! A million thanks to my team for their guidance.

[post-challenge]
Amazing! I am now a proud member of the 7+-But-No-Ribbon Club!! Thank you all for such generous votes and comments. I left town yesterday morning and this was below 7. What a rally! Of course, not thinking this had any chance at the podium, I did not upload the originals before I left, and I won't be home until Monday.... Dear SC, PLEASE let me upload them then!!!!!!!!!

Statistics
Place: 5 out of 88
Avg (all users): 7.0313
Avg (commenters): 8.0000
Avg (participants): 6.6591
Avg (non-participants): 7.2262
Views since voting: 2577
Views during voting: 332
Votes: 128
Comments: 23
Favorites: 2 (view)


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06/15/2012 02:29:13 AM
Great photo. Love the rich red colors and the way the the dark colors came out. Wish I could say more.
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02/01/2012 04:15:09 AM
Love it, such class, vision and richness in your work. Not to mention a little bit of photographic and PP ability :)
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11/13/2011 08:55:55 PM
Totally awesome. I'm a big fan!
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11/11/2011 06:28:03 PM
So incredibly well done! Love the lighting and everything else! Huge congrats on the HM!

(have you posted the 7+ and no bling icon yet? I need to go find it too, because of the pumpkin carving. Who would have thought? These were such high scoring challenges!!)
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11/11/2011 01:34:50 PM
OH! Nicely done, Johannah!
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11/11/2011 09:10:39 AM
Great finish ,Congrats.
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11/11/2011 06:48:20 AM
Very nice Johanna! :-)
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11/11/2011 06:06:51 AM
Yay! You got the 7!
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11/11/2011 04:11:31 AM
I just saw this! This is fantastic! Congrats!!
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11/11/2011 03:04:03 AM
Well done Johanna, and wowser score! What do I know about making apparitions? 0 ;)
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11/11/2011 01:22:00 AM
Great work Johanna, I love the mood of your photo, the "glamour glow" filter works fantastically there. Congratulations on the great finish!
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11/11/2011 12:30:09 AM
Congratulations, Johanna!!
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11/11/2011 12:26:10 AM
Execellent finish Johanna, congrats on the score.
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11/11/2011 12:17:11 AM
woohoo, awesome finish! Your 2nd 7+ score! Congrats!
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11/11/2011 12:08:41 AM
Well done on 5th Johanna, and your 2nd highest score.
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11/11/2011 12:07:50 AM
Killer finish, Johanna!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
11/10/2011 09:19:54 PM
Nice - I like the period feel you achieved, too.
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11/10/2011 09:06:09 PM
Beautiful photograph for the story.
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11/10/2011 12:14:50 PM
Nicely made image,works well for the challenge.
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11/09/2011 10:13:35 PM
Great emotion from the model.
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11/07/2011 07:55:23 PM
the best Ligeia by a mile :)
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11/04/2011 08:45:05 PM
Wonderful shot. Though I like the concept of the apparition, it isn't as good a match to the real scene.
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11/04/2011 12:47:29 AM
Great creativity here, the mysterious feel and the vibrant colors really make this image stand out.
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